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We hope that you enjoy your stay in your The Villages Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar and the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; Pensacola; Gatorland; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Sanibel Island; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; St Petersburg; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; and wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea, are among the attractions of Florida.
Folklore, Ghosts, Legends, Monsters, Scary Stories and Myths in Florida
The thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; and the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Boston, Seattle, Honolulu, St Louis, Corpus Christi, Juneau, Salt Lake City, Houston, Sitka, Kansas City, Sacramento, Fairbanks, Minneapolis, San Diego, Savannah, Lake Tahoe, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, New York, Phoenix, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Atlantic City, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Anchorage, Detroit and Skagway. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as The beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Florida Keys, Glacier Bay National Park, rodeos, the Appalachians, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Yosemite National Park, the Ozarks, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, Yellowstone National Park, the Adirondacks, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the California coastline, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rushmore, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, the Disney resorts and Route 66. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. Whether you travel America for business or pleasure, enjoy your journey.
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